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Frontiers’ Research Topics are peer-reviewed article collections around themes of cutting-edge research. Defined, managed, and led by renowned researchers, they unite the world’s leading experts around the hottest topics in research, stimulating collaboration and accelerating science.

Managed and disseminated on Frontiers’ customized Open Science platform, these collections are free to access and highly visible, increasing the discoverability, readership, and citations of your research.

Discover a selection of impactful Research Topics and Frontiers’ 2017 Spotlight Award Research Topic Finalists:

Research Topic Augmentation of Brain
Augmentation of Brain Function: Facts, Fiction and Controversy

Guest Editors:

Mikhail Lebedev - Duke University

Ioan Opris - Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Manuel Fernando Casanova - University of Louisville

Research Topic Marine Ecosystems Bridging the Gap between Policy and Science in Assessing the Health Status of Marine Ecosystems

Guest Editors:

Angel Borja - AZTI Pasaia

Michael Elliott - University of Hull

Maria C Uyarra - AZTI Tecnaliap

Jacob Carstensen - Aarhus University

Marianna Mea - Jacobs University Bremen

Research Topic Microbiome Microbiome Interplay and Control

Guest Editors:

Christine Moissl-Eichinger - Medical University of Graz

Gabriele Berg - Graz University of Technology

Martin Grube - University of Graz


As a Guest Editor you will

  • Edit an article collection around your research area.
  • Collaborate with esteemed colleagues from around the world.
  • Grow your network by uniting key experts.
  • Track your Research Topic's impact in real-time with advanced impact metrics.
  • Ensure the quality of your Research Topic through rigorous, transparent and fast peer review.
  • Increase the visibility of your research with the possibility of a freely shareable eBook.


Managing a Research Topic is simple through Frontiers' award-winning Open Science platform along with support from our Swiss-based Editorial team. With us, you also retain the copyright of your work by publishing under the CC-BY license.

How to Apply

Suggest your Topic, or ask for more information, by contacting our Editorial team via:

We welcome teams of Guest Editors to propose Research Topics, which will be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. Early career researchers are encouraged to team up with senior colleagues.

Participate in the Frontiers Spotlight Award

By leading a Research Topic, you are automatically eligible for Frontiers’ Annual Spotlight Award.

Each year Frontiers grants $100,000 to the Editor(s) of an exceptionally innovative and impactful Research Topic. The grant is used to organize a conference around the theme of the winning Topic.

Read more about the Spotlight Award here.

Publication Fees

Open Access provides free, unrestricted online access to scholarly literature to anyone in the world. Frontiers is a gold open-access publisher. This means that we maintain high quality services through Article Processing Charges (APCs): manuscripts that are accepted for publication by our external editors following rigorous peer-review incur a publishing fee.

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Frontiers has published over 1,100 eBooks and is the largest publisher of open-access books as indexed in the Directory of Open-Access Books (DOAB). All highly impactful Research Topics have the opportunity to be compiled into a freely shareable and downloadable eBook.

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Brain and Art

Guest Editors:

Idan Segev - Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Luis M Martinez - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Robert J Zatorre - McGill University


Development of Executive Function During Childhood

Guest Editors:

Yusuke Moriguchi - Kyoto University

Philip D Zelazo - University of Minnesota

Nicolas Chevalier - University of Edinburgh


The Importance Of Iron In Pathophysiologic Conditions

Guest Editors:

Raffaella Gozzelino - Chronic Diseases Research Center (CEDOC)

Paolo Arosio - University of Brescia



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